Yanlin (Elaine) Chen is currently assisting Professor A. James McAdams on his research on the European New Right thinkers in the age of populist extremism, including Alain de Benoist (France), Götz Kubitschek (Germany), Thierry Baudet (Netherlands) and others. Those thinkers all intend to offer substantive alternatives to the current conception of liberal democracy which are based on ideas like “right to difference,” ethnopluralism, and identity. Chen is helping Professor McAdams conduct internet and library research on the ideas of those thinkers and their implications. In the past, she did literature reviews on the psychology of populism and of political violence.
In 2018, Chen received the Summer Language Award (SLA) from the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures to take a six-week intensive German course in Munich. In 2019, she received the Scholarly Development Grant from The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to attend the San Diego Program for Women Philosophers at UCSD.
Political philosophy of dictatorship and democracy, communism, Germany, China.
I am currently assisting Professor McAdams on research of the uses and the psychological causes of political violence, populism, authoritarianism, and leadership.